Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, during matriculation at NOUN

Olusegun Obasanjo was admitted in NOUN in 2014 as a graduate student for Msc in Christian Theology and went further to bag PhD in same course.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has emerged as the first PhD graduate of the National Open University.

Obasanjo who is among 14,771 students expected to receive honours at the 7th Convocation of the university will receive a doctorate in Christian Theology.

According to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Abdalla Adamu, Obasanjo conducted himself properly and deservedly bagged Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Theology in spite of being a former president.


The VC said, “one of the graduands is the first PhD graduate the institution will produce; a university must graduate students at academic Masters Level before graduating PhD.

“Only one candidate has been able to do that and that is Obasanjo; the Senate has found him worthy of the award and approved the conferment of PhD on him.

“There are lessons to be learnt from Obasanjo’s feat – one is never too old to learn. Obasanjo was about 80 years when he started the programme and has finished it at 82.

“Again, one is never too powerful to learn; he was the president twice and yet subjected himself to learning; learning is a humbling process''.

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Obasanjo may become a lecturer

Meanwhile, the open university is considering the former president for an appointment as a facilitator or supervisor for the university's Abeokuta study centre.

Obasanjo enrolled at the National Open University of Nigeria in 2014 as a graduate student having obtained a post-graduate Diploma in 2009.